Decorated Vehicle Parade, Food, Music and More Support Kline Veterans Fund
There were old cars, new cars, sports cars, and family cars, each decorated in red, white, and blue for the second annual Memorial Day Patriotic Car Parade. Nearly 50 vehicles and hundreds of families were on hand to celebrate and honor those who died while serving in the US military. This year's event again supported Kline Veterans Fund, one of the community's longtime charity partners.
Under beautiful sunny skies, Skye Canyon residents gathered at Skye Canyon Park to safely spend time together outdoors while showing off their patriotic and community pride. A $5 donation secured a spot in the neighborhood parade. All vehicle parade registration fees will be donated to Kline Veterans Fund so they can continue their impactful work providing financial assistance and other support to homeless, at-risk, and indigent veterans and their families in Southern Nevada.
Part of the ongoing Thrive at Skye program, the second annual Patriotic Car Parade was an opportunity for families to get creative and decorate their vehicle in stars and stripes, streamers, balloons, homemade signs and more.
The day began with the UNLV Air Force ROTC Honor Guard presenting the colors and then a rousing rendition of the national anthem was performed by Paul Shortino from the bands Rough Cut and Quiet Riot.
The parade was led by a 40-foot themed float featuring representatives from Kline Veterans Fund including their honorary mascot dog, Cooper. One by one the vehicles slowly made their way on a three-mile route throughout the Skye Canyon neighborhoods while families assembled outside to wave and cheer as they drove past. Participants in the parade received a special commemorative Skye Canyon event pin to add to their growing collection.
Following the parade, a number of families spent time at Skye Canyon Park and enjoyed music, food trucks, giveaways and more.
In honor of Memorial Day, residents were encouraged to consider donating to the Kline Veterans Fund. Three hundred dollars were raised through vehicle registrations and the Skye Canyon Cooperative sponsored another $2,000 providing a total of $2,300 for the impactful organization that improves the lives of hundreds of veteran households in crisis each year through programs and services focused on the most vulnerable veteran populations like senior citizens, disabled/chronically ill, and families with young children.
"Last year's parade was so popular, we were thrilled to do it again," said Skye Canyon Events Coordinator, Brittany Bolduc. "It was great to see so many people safely come together this year and once again enjoy a community celebration event in person."